Depression is a common mood disorder. More than just sadness in response to life’s struggles and setbacks, depression changes the way one thinks, feels, and functions in daily activities. It can interfere with the ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and enjoy life. The feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and worthlessness can be intense and unrelenting, with little, if any, relief.
Over the last 2 weeks, if you are experiencing the following symptoms, it can be depression:
- Little interest or pleasure in doing things
- Feeling down, depressed or hopeless
- Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much:
- Feeling tired or having little energy
- Poor appetite or overeating
- Feeling bad about yourself—or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
- Trouble concentrating on things, such as reading or watching television
- Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed
- Thoughts that you would be better off dead, or of hurting yourself
- to feel angry, anxious, or restless. Men who are seriously depressed often express their depression through aggression or reckless behavior.
- Having thoughts of harming yourself is a serious symptom of depression and always needs to be taken seriously
- People with severe depression may feel that they are worthless and helpless. They may even experience their depression as a sign of weakness and can be overly self-critical.
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